THE GEN X EXPERIENCE: REST IN POWER BROTHA BUSHWICK BILL!
’s Harrison Smith reports, “Bushwick Bill, a frenetic rapper who helped place the South on hip-hop’s map as a member of the Geto Boys — the Houston-based trio whose violent and sexual lyrics made them one of the most controversial groups in gangster rap — died June 9 at a hospital in Colorado. He was 52.
His publicist, known as Dawn P., confirmed the death to the Associated Press but did not say precisely where or how he died. Bushwick Bill had recently announced he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The rapper was among the most distinctive figures in hip-hop, known for his diminutive size — he was born with dwarfism and stood about 3-foot-8 — and missing right eye, which he lost in 1991 during an altercation with his girlfriend.
He had worked in the mid-1980s as a dancer for the Geto Boys (then known as the Ghetto Boys), before joining rappers Willie D (Willie Dennis) and Scarface (Brad Jordan) in the studio, forming the group’s best-known lineup.
Backed on early albums by DJ Ready Red (Collins Leysath), they recorded classic tracks like ‘Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta,’ featured in Mike Judge’s 1999 workplace comedy film ‘Office Space,’ and ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me,’ which topped the rap charts in 1991 and explored the desperation of life on the streets.”
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